SKIN TONERS: Learn Why They Are An Important Part of Your Daily Beauty Regimen
Here’s some info about skin toner from Allyson Rogers, licensed esthetician and Director of Education for DermaQuest:
Q. What do skin toners do?
A. Toners are part of the cleansing process and benefits are threefold; 1) Toners, if applied with a cotton ball and swiped across the skin, can remove any cleanser left on the skin 2) Toner, if applied with a cotton ball and swiped across the skin can remove any dirt left on the skin the cleanser missed and 3) Toners are balancing, helping the skin maintain its normal pH. Toners today also have other benefits with ingredients added to their formulations to hydrate, exfoliate or soothe the skin.
Q. Why is skin toner an important part of a total skin care program?
A. Toners are important because it is an extension of the cleansing process and it also helps to ensure the skin is balanced before applying the next steps in a skin care program. If the skin is balanced, it will more easily “accept” the next product to be applied to the skin. Also, toners today have the additional benefit, depending on how it’s formulated, to hydrate, exfoliate or soothe the skin as well. I like toners to be applied directly to a cotton ball and swiped on the skin for the most benefit after cleansing but toners can also be sprayed directly on the skin after mineral powders are applied to the skin to help “set” the minerals and help them adhere to the skin.
Now that I know the facts about skin toner I have jumped on the bandwagon. I can especially see how skin toner could be particularly helpful in the hot summer months when skin needs extra attention to clean off sweat, makeup and whatever else the environment sticks to our faces each day. If you are not a regular skin toner user, try one and see if you notice a difference in the way your skincare products work, the tone of your skin or its level of firmness and softness. Take a chance on skin toner; chances are you’ll be glad you did!
Laura Miller is a beauty writer and skin care detective in the beautiful South.